Novel Use of Geosolar Exergy and Storage Technology in Existing Housing Applications: Conceptual Study

Lowell E. Lingo, Utpal Roy

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Abstract

A solution to the inordinate amount of energy used for climate control in buildings is of paramount importance if we are to significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels in a relatively short time. A large quantity of low-grade energy is available in the earth surrounding a typical residential structure. This energy is often tapped for use in heating and cooling in conjunction with a ground source heat pump. Efficient use of this energy source can be realized without the expense of a heat pump by designing a green system directly integrating the ground source with a dynamic building envelope. This paper explains the concept of the ground-coupled dynamic (GCD) wall, which can be easily retrofitted in some form to most existing structures to capture and use this low-grade energy. It makes use of clean renewable resources without excessive amounts of expensive or high-tech equipment. The paper demonstrates that in conjunction with an exergy management system, the application of this concept could significantly lower residential fossil fuel consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number04016026
JournalJournal of Energy Engineering
Volume143
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

Keywords

  • Dynamic building envelope
  • Geosolar
  • Geosolar exergy storage technology (GEST) house
  • Sustainable building

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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